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Meet Amazing Americans U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
Photograph of U.S. troops on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
U.S. troops storm ashore on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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Eisenhower Decides on D-Day
Eisenhower decided to change the date for D-Day to June 6. He knew that the tides would not favor an invasion again for nearly two weeks, long enough for the Germans to possibly learn of the Allies' plan. Eisenhower gave the order and set in motion the largest amphibious invasion in world history; an armada of over 4,000 warships, nearly 10,000 aircraft, and about 160,000 invasion troops. The hard fought invasion was a success--Eisenhower had won his gamble with the weather. Within 2 months, Allied forces broke out from their Normandy beachheads and began the long heroic struggle to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny.
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